As trainer, you know that the CLASS Observation Training is an interactive, content-packed experience, and even the most enthusiastic participants may find it difficult to think clearly as they gather their notebooks to head home at the end of day two. Of course we understand how busy everyone is leading up to a training, so none of the below is technically required of trainees before they attend your training. However, a few minutes of preparation can give you a framework for the CLASS knowledge they are about to gain, enriching the experience for each participant and the group as a whole!
I just spent the last few days, weeks, and even months preparing to deliver a new training. I read over all the material until I am confident that I have it down pat. My office walls are plastered with posters listing key points that I need to cover, and all my terminology is written out on note cards (you know the ones - domain, dimension, indicator, and behavioral marker). I’ve run through my PowerPoint presentation countless times and made sure that I was aware of time and pacing. I’ve practiced in front of a mirror, or even some willing family member that has been so kind to listen to my delivery. When I go to bed at night, thoughts of what I will say and how it will go continue to run through my head, long after the time that I should be sleeping. I just know that the time I have spent and the dedication to this work has prepared me to be an effective facilitator.
In this monthly series, CLASS trainer Carmen C. Virginia, shares her thoughts and insights as she travels around the country spreading the good news about the CLASS. This post is a bit unique because it comes from an idea she came up with at home, during a break from training.
Boy, do I remember my first CLASS Introduction trainings! I was nervous presenting a new training, and not quite sure about the activities. Many Intros later, I found insight into making this training successful. One of my first Intros was held in a church. I was quite literally “preaching from the pulpit” and the participants were in the pews! I experienced some challenges, but it was a great opportunity to learn how to be a better CLASS trainer.
We are continuing our monthly blog post series, Ramblings from the Road," where one of our staff trainers (AKA Carmen C. Virginia) shares her thoughts and insights as she travels around the country spreading the good news about the CLASS. This time, Carmen notices something interesting about her training participants.
I am closing in on the end of my first year as a staff trainer for Teachstone. Going into this new and exciting role I thought, “I have done trainings before, how hard can this be?” As I began shadowing an expert trainer, she told me this is the hardest training I will deliver.
As CLASS trainers, you know this moment all too well: the moment when a participant offers an inaccurate observation during a training video discussion. The way you respond to the comment can make or break the training experience for the participant. The key is redirecting misplaced observations without shutting down the conversation—and this can be challenging. Here are some specific steps you can take to effectively redirect these comments:
Have you ever wished for a magical power that helped you, and your observers-in-training, take notes super effectively? The kind of magical power that would allow you to capture everything you see and hear without missing a beat? The kind of magical power that paints an exact picture of what happened in the classroom without actually being there? Yeah, me too!
I am delighted to introduce Bridget Rey, our Affiliate Trainer for November. As the CLASS Coordinator for Agenda for Children in New Orleans, Bridget has her hands in all things CLASS down in Louisiana! Louisiana’s Early Childhood Education Act mandates the completion of CLASS observations for the purpose of accountabilityduring the fall and spring in every toddler and pre-k classroom in programs that receive public funding. Agenda for Children is the lead agency for overseeing this work in New Orleans which amounts to approximately 1,000 CLASS observations in public schools, private schools, early learning centers and Head Start/Early Head Start.